"Visions," an exhibit featuring three contemporary artists - Ruth Canada, Lois McDonald and George Shively - kicks off Sunday at the Murphey Gallery at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church.

The show runs Sunday through March 6. A reception will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Canada paints "Birds With an Attitude." Her interpretive bird paintings reflect humanlike behaviors. Her sensitivity to nature, animals and birds is the result of growing up in rural Illinois.

She studied art at Northern Illinois University and the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. Retiring from her 30-year commercial art career, she moved to her permanent Tucson Foothills home and studio in 1998. Her love of the Southwest is now reflected in her paintings and palette. She's received many awards, and her work has been featured in national exhibitions, museums and galleries and is included in many private collections.

McDonald's abstracted landscapes are layered with papers and textured with acrylic paint on deep box canvases. Because of her interest in Indian spirit lore, a shaman form can often be found in her designs.

McDonald teaches and paints in her Tucson Foothills studio. She has received several awards, and her work is in many collections throughout the world, in museum shows and in several art books.

Shively's trips to India, China and Hawaii, as well as his hiking experiences in Arizona and New Mexico, have influenced how he interprets light, form and space. His art is created in pencil, pastel and acrylic.

He received his master's degree in education and his artistic training at the Cleveland Institute of Art. For 30 years he taught public school art and continues as an instructor at the Artists Row in La Entrada de Tubac. His artwork has been published and shown in several exhibitions and galleries. He moved to Green Valley in 2004.

The Murphey Art Gallery is open 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Sundays noon-5 p.m.

St. Philip's is at 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at East River Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar covered parking structure on the east side. The office phone is 299-6421.

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